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Sony HDR-HC5E

Sony HDR-HC5E
alaScore 83

115 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 115 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design and value for money. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. Opinions are divided on the color.

usability, portability, image quality, value for money, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony HDR-HC5E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony HDR-HC5 Camcorder Review

 

The Sony HDR-HC5, a high definition camcorder using the tape-based HDV format, is a key model in the company's lineup. While the HDR-HC7 ($1,299 MSRP) is the flagship HD camcorder, the HC5 is priced at $999, just below that magical $1,000 point at...

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Sony HDR-HC5

 

The Sony HDR-HC5, a high definition camcorder using the tape-based HDV format, is a key model in the company's lineup. While the HDR-HC7 ($1,299 MSRP) is the flagship HD camcorder, the HC5 is priced at $999, just below that magical $1,000 point at...

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Excellent video shoot.

 

If you change default configuration to record in X.V Color, the image came out crystal clear with vivid colors. Unbelievable viewing quality on a 1080p television. In a very low light condition also, it captured excellent colors. Video quality through...

Unbelievable video viewing quality on a 1080p television. Also, video captured in HD mode to computer was excellent quality. Photos in HD mode(3 mp) and standard mode (4 mp) both impressed me. Also, photo prints came out very very good

Working with menu was little difficult as my fingers are fat

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decent camera for amateurs.

 

overall very good for its class. it's packed with features and expandable options. if you want to get started in film making or take it with you on vacations, the camera's good for that.

impressive array of features and options for its small size. light and easy to handle

color is a bit washed out in video mode. programing interface is clunky. manual/instructions get a 5 out of 10 score. had to buy firewire cable for mac, to download movies

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Low Light Performance: HDR-HC5 vs HDR-HC7

 

This is what is written on the www.camcorderinfo.com review: Sony camcorders with the 1/3” ClearVID CMOS typically performed very well in low light. Imagine our disappointment, albeit unsurprised disappointment, that HDR-HC7 performed so much worse...

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Low Light Performance: HDR-HC5 vs HDR-HC7

 

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Sony Handycam HDR-HC5

 

I consider myself to pretty much be a prosumer, not a quite novice but definitely not a professional. This camcorder fit my needs just perfectly. The video quality in good to perfect lighting conditions is simply stunning. Looks sharper and more vivid...

amazing hd video in proper lighting, still very good in less than perfect conditions, premium minidv tapes are an excellent media, decent stills, decent manual functions

auto exposure not the greatest (blown pixels in lowlight), decent manual functions via on screen menus, digital stabilization could be better

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Sony Handycam HDR-HC5

 

I consider myself to pretty much be a prosumer, not a quite novice but definitely not a professional. This camcorder fit my needs just perfectly. The video quality in good to perfect lighting conditions is simply stunning. Looks sharper and more vivid...

amazing hd video in proper lighting, still very good in less than perfect conditions, premium minidv tapes are an excellent media, decent stills, decent manual functions

auto exposure not the greatest (blown pixels in lowlight), decent manual functions via on screen menus, digital stabilization could be better

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Awesome Images

 

Awesome picture quality. My only real complaint is thatthere is no manual focus dial/button/ring. I discovered that this cameras sensors are at times too precise. What I mean is that in some instances the camera will focus on objects other than the...

Near professional quality video and stills in strong light

No separate controls for manual image adjustments ie; focus

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Awesome Images

 

Awesome picture quality. My only real complaint is thatthere is no manual focus dial/button/ring. I discovered that this cameras sensors are at times too precise. What I mean is that in some instances the camera will focus on objects other than the...

Near professional quality video and stills in strong light

No separate controls for manual image adjustments ie; focus

Product Specifications

Capture high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) video to a MiniDV cassette with the HDR-HC5 high definition camcorder. Record every detail of every moment with the 10x optical/80x digital zoom and Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T Lens. However, you'll be capturing more than just video with the 4.0 megapixel still image feature. Snap spectacular 2.3 megapixel photos while filming in dual record mode. The HDR-HC5 even slows down the audio. Get it all and get it in high definition with this amazing camcorder.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH60

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.3in
Height:3.2in
Weight:1.2lbs/1.3lbs
Width:3.2in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Spotlight / Sunrise / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait/Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports lesson / Spotlight / Sunrise / Sunset

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HDR-HC5/HDR-HC5E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-2.9
Max Focal Length:51mm
Min Focal Length:5.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:1.4Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.1Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):8.5 mm ( 1/3 ) / 8.5 mm ( 1/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:ClearVid CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Super Steady Shot)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / White fader
Digital Video Format:MPEG-2
Digital Zoom:80
Media Type:Mini DV (HDV)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Cinematic / Flash Motion / Low Shutter Speed (LSS) / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Skintone / Solarization / Still / Trail/Cinematic / Flash Motion / Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Old Movie / Pastel / Sepia / Skintone / Solarization / Still / Trail
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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